FLAVIEN PRAT, OM, WINNER: “He ran an incredible race. Once he got in the lead I was able to just let him go. Had great speed and I knew that once we got on the inside he would just carry it through. He remained calm and was able to hold them off. He’s incredibly fast and I just let him work.”
COREY NAKATANI, BOWIES HERO, SECOND: “He just ran dynamite. I just want to thank the partners for giving me a chance to ride him. He’s such a nice horse. Om is a very talented horse. Flavien just let him get out there in that high-cruising speed and he was able to hold us off. I was hoping that we had a little more tactical speed in the race to be able to put pressure on him but when I came to him, I wanted to make sure that he had to get him going and use him a little. He did and on the day he just beat us on the square but we’ll get him next time.”
DAN HENDRICKS, OM, WINNER: “Once entries were taken and we had the outside post, and there wasn’t a dominant speed horse in there like there’s been in all his races recently, we decided to just go ahead and get him on the lead like he’s very comfortable doing.
“I was worried more at the half-mile pole than I was at the quarter pole because he had gotten a little rank on Flavien after he got him out there that quickly. He opened up a bigger lead than you ever want toil open up, but he got him to relax great down the backside, and when they started to come to him at the quarter pole, you could tell he had a lot left, so I felt more comfortable then than I did at the half-mile pole.
“The Kilroe (Grade I, $400,000, mile on turf March 10) has always been our objective since after the Breeders’ Cup. That’s why I didn’t give him the break in January like I did in the previous years.”
MARK GLATT, BLACKJACKCAT, FIFTH: “He was flat. We’re just gonna have to regroup here and make sure everything’s okay.”
NOTES: The winning owner is Sareen Family Trust.